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Book Review: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

*Possible spoilers for City of Ghosts*

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Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Series: Cassidy Blake #2

Goodreads Synopsis

Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.
She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.
And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.25

I’m not saying I’m disappointed but … I’m a little disappointed.

Tunnel of Bones is book number 2 in Victoria Schwab’s first Middle Grade series following Cassidy Blake a young girl who, after almost dying in a frozen lake, has the ability to see ghosts which is how she meets Jacob, a ghost and her best friend. When her parents, famous and best selling ghost hunters are offered their own paranormal television series she goes with them around the world learning more about her ghost powers as she does.

What I love about this series is the travel aspect and while book 1 was set in Edinburgh, Tunnel of Bones was set in Paris. Paris sounded like such a cool backdrop for a ghost novel what with The Catacombs and all that but sadly I didn’t think the setting lived up to its full potential. Where City of Ghosts was very atmosphericall in the setting Tunnel of Bones lacked that same description and feeling.

The characters were still as great as before. I think Cass is such a smart and funny main character although I do think it’s easy to forget she’s meant to be around twelve years old. Jacob, the ghost best friend, is also just as funny but we start to learn more about him and his cryptic past which I am very excited about.

In terms of plot I think this sequel is also lacking. As I was reading I was finding things to be very repetitive. Lots of the same scene packaged differently. The same content but in a different location.

I also found that compared to book 1 the villain was a little lacklustre. There was one scene that had me like … “woah” and had me questioning how this wasn’t going to give the little kids reading nightmares but other then that I thought the “big bad” was underdeveloped and kind of meh.

The end though! The final few pages had a “revelation” and it was three in the morning because I have a terrible sleeping schedule but I literally gasped and it had me so intrigued and how am I meant to wait a year!

Overall I did enjoy this book but it wasn’t as good as other Schwab books I’ve read. I am excited for book three. I don’t actually know how many books there’s going to be in this series but, as of right now, I’m totally on board tor reading them all.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab”

  1. So many experiences, so little time to read them all! Keep writing, Elli @ AceReader! The right words in the right context can change someone’s life!

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